What's The Story?by Annagail Lynes
Are you spreading your light to the world? Are you sharing your gifts and talents with this dark place? Are you speaking your unique message, telling your testimony of what God has done in your life?
10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmasby stephanie reck
So many of us can get lost in the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, attending parties, and preparing our homes for family that we forget to keep Christ at the center. We can easily lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, and before long end up stressed and overwhelmed from the barrage of things to get done before December 25th.
The Misunderstood Jonahby Cate Russell-Cole
Was Jonah all bad? Were there other factors that affected him, that we haven't taken into account? A look at Israeli and Hebrew laws and culture and how it affected his story.
Good King or Nasty Sinner? Negativity Bias and the Life of King Davidby Cate Russell-Cole
The range of reactions to David that I have heard, often leave me scratching my head. At times it sounds like people either love him, or loathe him, depending on what aspects of his life they focus on. If they focus on the negative, he is branded as a high achieving, warring, bad boy, with a degree of amazing godliness that just doesn't fit in with his Psalm-writing character. If they focus on the positive, he's an angel in a crude, human form. Which is it?
Prized Possessionby Steve Countryman
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 1 Corinthians 6:20 "You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]." According to God the Creator of all things, the Kings of kings and Lord of lords, you are worth dying for!
Your Loveby louis gander
So why, God, do you bless me so
when I'm so blindly swerving -
on and off your 'narrow road',
when I'm so undeserving?
TRUTH VERSUS FACTSby Ramona Cook
if we did read and did believe the Book God has provided to us to teach us what we can expect from Him, we would not be so worried and distressed. What we lack is a true knowledge of God and understanding of the reasons we can believe that Book.
Coming Homeby Francie Snell
In the circle of clasped hands, Suzie readied herself, taking a deep breath, closing her eyes. With a posture of prayer she focused like a skilled marksman taking careful aim. Then with humility, she boldly led us all to the place of mercy and grace.
Serving God's Wayby Ken Barnes
The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use it well to serve one another. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.. (I Peter 4: 10-11 NLT).
There is a definite order of service delineated in this portion of scripture. It's God, then others and self. Unfortunately, we sometimes invert that order to ourselves, people, and then the Lord. In this hierarchy of service, due to our tendency to look out for number one, it is very easy to keep ourselves on top and let God and man compete for everything else.
It is very clear that our motivation to serve comes first and foremost from God. But even though God is first, it is never just me and Jesus. Our love for him (God) is always displayed for those created in his image. There is a vertical and horizontal aspect to our service. It is upward toward the Lord and outward to those around us. When we combine the vertical and horizontal we form the sign of the cross. Jesus was the perfect servant. He came to serve and not be served.
If we quit serving because whom we serve doesn't affirm our efforts, it shows we are endeavoring to please man instead of God. If our priorities are right, it does not matter if we are treated fairly, we continue to be faithful in our duties because we ultimately are doing it for God and not flesh and blood. The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results. This will reveal whether are life is in divine order, God, then others and self.
The litmus test of a servant's heart comes when we do the lion's share of the work and get very little credit for the results.
My Prayerby Jeanie Hannah
My prayer of thankfulness to God. I pray this daily and hope I never take for granted all the blessings God has given me.
When You Just Lose It - Masculinity and Keeping it Realby Cate Russell-Cole
We all expect ourselves to be spiritually perfect. To act right, stand in faith and not fall... but we hit the ground, hard. We're not alone in that. David stumbled over grief in a manner which seems to contradict his incredible faith and strength. By doing so he became an excellent emotional role model for both men and women.
Stained Bedspreadby Carol Levergood
There is a spot on the bedspread from my mascara where I knelt. The stain didn't wash out, but I didn't care because it reminded me of when God settled my heart when I thought it would break.
THE PURITY OF THE CHURCHESby Dr Surya Kumar Daimari
The prime concern of our Lord Jesus Christ in His letters to the seven Churches in Asia Minor was the purity of the Churches. In Eph 5:27, we read that Christ gave Himself to present her to Himself as a perfect, clean, holy and unblemished bride. And this is His purpose. Also in Rev 14:7,8 it says, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come , and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen which is the righteousness of saints."
The Anti-King: David and Humilityby Cate Russell-Cole
David is almost an anti-king. He relies more on the Lord, than on his own power and influence. This article may serve useful as study material on the topic of humility and looks at three areas where David's humility is displayed.
What's The Word?by Annagail Lynes
What is God leading you to do? Do you have the faith to take Him at His Word? Or are you asking for the hundredth sign?
The Way He Looks At Meby Taylor Cummings
"If you're tired of waiting, you're not alone. But my prayer is that you'll draw closer to God in this season of waiting and continue to wait. "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5." Read more in my devotional, "The Way He Looks At Me".
On Winds Of Timeby louis gander
The beauty of that place was such
that I just hadn't mattered much.
Except for me, the trees were bright
with vibrant leaves. Oh, what a sight!
The crowds would mingle and would rest
among the brightest and the best
where thoughts and dreams together meld
in beauty so unparalleled.
Coming Forth As Goldby Shari Weigerstorfer
As I searched the scriptures, over and over again, I was reminded of how much God is willing to fight for and defend His people... if He was willing to fight for me, I should be willing to trust Him."
Prayer Worksby Shari Weigerstorfer
"...A few months ago, while we were in the London airport, my daughter found some coins. I had no idea that God would use this seemingly insignificant event as a building block of faith. But then, God is ever surprising, isn't He?"
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sinby Shari Weigerstorfer
Loving the sinner while hating the sin is God's way. We are to exemplify God's love to our children. If our children cannot believe that we love them in spite of their mistakes and failures, how will they believe that a Holy God can?
He Knows Me Through and Throughby Yuri Solomon
The knowledge of who I am, and what God intended as He created me, is something I discover as I live and yet I can never discover what He has not known. Our personality, proclivities, passions, placement, etc. were all aimed by God for our redemption
Thunder - Concerning World Eventsby Rochelle Arnold
Soon ...oh so very soon there will come a great and mighty wind and I will thunder...and you will know that I am God and that I am sovereign. The time is come that many things will pass before your eyes and I shall show you the meaning and the timing of these days. The onslaught planned against My people is unprecedented, yet my grace and power shall overcome. Be watchful for the storm clouds and heed My voice as I thunder over My enemies...terror and panic shall envelope them.
The Body of Christ is in Need of Healingby Sue Darling
Healing is hard work, especially if you are on your own. The whole church is in urgent need of healing, because we are living in a world full of angry people and selfishness, causing much sickness. Churches should learn to let God into the churches and take it over from us.
Home for the Holidaysby Alan Allegra
A long time ago, someone left his home to spend Christmas with friends, strangers, and even enemies. Jesus the Son of God left heaven to be born on what we sometimes call the first Christmas. He was barely noticed at first but with growing fame came growing hatred, despite his innocent love for sinners (Romans 5).
His Presence Is Just A Prayer Awayby Shari Weigerstorfer
"...Some days my life is filled with black, hostile clouds. The warmth of God's love feels far away. I look, but I can't see Him. But faith assures me He's there, just like the sun. His wonderful presence is just a prayer away..."
A Moment With Motherby Shari Weigerstorfer
'A Moment With Mother' tells of a daughter and aging mother who are briefly mentally and emotionally reconnected. It's about last wishes and the One we have always trusted to make them come true.
GOD-TRACKING IS RELISHING IN FORGIVENESS by Dudley Anderson
"come quickly to the feet of Jesus in repentance and receive his forgiveness; come quickly to the feet of Jesus and confess forgiveness for your brother. Do this you will know the sheer liberty of being forgiven and forgiving."
God's Bottle and Bookby Ken Barnes
In times of our greatest need God can appear to be distant. But he is always there. He is taking note of our sufferings, collecting our tears in his divine receptacle and recording the events in his eternal ledger.
CONTINUE IN THE GRACE OF GODby ROBIN BOSCH
Paul was extremely worried about the spiritual condition of the Galatians. They, who whole heartedly believed the Gospel of grace, were somehow persuaded to abandon the "Amazing Grace" ship.
Be of Good Courageby Pam Ford Davis
'On this Veteran's Day, it is appropriate to reflect upon the roles filled by all military veterans, as well as active service personnel.'
THE HISTORICITY OF THE FIRST ELEVEN CHAPTERS OF GENESISby Dr Surya Kumar Daimari
Truly saying, Genesis is a sacred record of historical events and facts which truly took place in God's time for man designated by scientific research findings which involve geology, botany, paleontology, archaeology, anthropology and so on. Another important fact is that Genesis 11 interlocks the preceding and following narratives with the history of Israel.
We Are the Brides of Christby Sue Darling
Some Christians don't realise that being a Christians we are the Brides of Christ. And being a Christians we go through what marriage couples go through. There are dry seasons and very rich times in marriages so it is with our relationship with Christ.